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A series of DVD films documenting the Swedish folk music traditions and repertoire of mature masters of the nyckelharpa and the fiddle.
A series of DVD films documenting the Swedish folk music traditions and repertoire of mature masters of the nyckelharpa and the fiddle.
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My name is Rita Leydon and I want to invite you to share in a dream.

I’m a filmmaker and for the last dozen or so years I’ve been documenting a variety of Swedish folk musicians, concentrating mostly on mature masters of the nyckelharpa and the fiddle in order to ensure that their repertoire and style of playing is safeguarded for future study. My desire is that students as well as lovers of Swedish folk music the world over will have access to authentic source material.

This filmmaking effort is an exploration into the loam that holds my roots. This is the music I love, the music that speaks to my soul.

So far, I’ve produced nine documentaries which have cost me many thousands of dollars from which I have no expectation of financially recovering. Because my husband and I are now retired and no longer have as much disposable income as we once did, I fear that my strong desire and motivation to continue this important project is financially threatened.

Trusting that the grass roots magic of a KickStarter campaign might be a solution to the challenge I now face, I’m forging right ahead and planning a filming trip to Sweden from mid May to mid June this year. I have four fabulous musicians on board willing to subject themselves to a day of my ungainly intrusion: 
Thore Härdelin, fiddler from Hälsingland;
Peter Puma Hedlund, nyckelharpa, tunes from Uppland and Hälsingland;
Christer Wesström also from Uppland, who plays the older silverbasharpa; 
Pelle Björnlert, a fiddler, who plays tunes from Småland and Östergötland

My husband likens what I’m doing to the work of Alan Lomax, the great American field collector of folk music. Perhaps, to a small degree.

My appeal is for your participation in this dream by taking ownership with me and thus enabling me to continue to expand our archive of Swedish Folk Music Treasures.

Keep in mind that there is no expectation of financial gain. This is strictly a labor of love.

We ourselves, not to mention future generations, will all benefit from the continued documentation of our uniquely Swedish cultural treasure.

Thank you very much for you help and support!

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The $5000 that I am hoping to raise with this KickStarter campaign will help to defray upfront costs of my imminent filming trip to Sweden plus studio expenses related to the work, i.e. airfare to Sweden from USA, rental of a car while in Sweden, occasional lodging, miscellaneous software upgrades related to the film work, digital media for filming, etc.

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Each of the samples in the video are from my own DVD films to which I own copyright. The particular tunes that you are hearing fragments of are all traditional. They are as follows:

Nisse Nordström, Polska efter Algot Jorlin

Tore Lindqvist, Fasternas Brudmarsch efter Manne i Fiskeså

Hasse Gille, Brännvinslåten

Styrbjörn Bergelt, Polska efter Jan Jansson

Sture Sahlström, Maja

Anders Liljefors, Polska efter Wilhem Tegenborg

Bosse Larsson, Det är så roligt att vara gifter

Mats Andersson, Polkett #1 efter August Frank

Björn Ståbi, Långt jässpôd på bergom

Risks and challenges

I already have a track record of having produced nine films in the “Swedish Folk Music Treasures” series. These films are a testament to my skill and ability to complete tasks I have set before myself and future goals I hope to achieve. I have invested heavily in equipment, software, and training specifically tailored to enable me to do this work.

Should equipment or gear fail me while on location I can most likely deal with it easily enough since I am fluent in the Swedish language and can navigate my way around pretty much any challenge I might face.

Unforeseen events or circumstances can certainly throw a wrench in any plans … such as an accident, illness, or similar making it difficult or impossible to follow through with plans. Hopefully such a situation will not occur.

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